His major label debut album, Lace Up, was released in October to positive response from critics. The record contained the singles "Wild Boy", "Invincible", "Stereo", and "Hold On Shut Up ", and debuted at number four on the US Billboard chart; it was later confirmed to have sold more thancopies. In earlyhe released Macklemore Born Ben Haggerty.
Sincehe has independently released one mixtape, three EPs, and four albums. Macklemore and Lewis's single "Thrift Shop" reached number one on the U. Billboard Hot in The single was soon dubbed by Billboard as the first song since to top the Hot chart without the support of a major record label, although Macklemore, in a slightly unusual recording contract, pays a nominal percentage of sales to use Chancelor Bennett born April 16,better known by his stage name Chance the Rapper, is an American hip hop recording artist from the Chatham neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.
Inhe began to gain major recognition following the release of his second mixtape Acid Rap. Austin Richard Post born July 4,known professionally as Post Malone, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and guitarist. He first gained major recognition in Februaryafter the release of his debut single "White Iverson". In AugustMalone landed a record deal with Republic Records, going on to release "Congratulations" featuring Quavo and "Rockstar" featuring 21 Savage, which respectively reached numbers eight and one on the US Billboard Hot He released his debut studio album Stoney in His upcoming album, Beerbongs and Bentleys, is set to be released in Grandmaster Flash Born Joseph Saddler.
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five initially built their reputation performing at parties and live shows in the late s and achieved local success.
By the time the Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" was released, the group realized the potential of Guru Born Keith Edward Elam. He was born in Roxbury, Boston. Inspectah Deck Born Jason Hunter. Jason Richard Hunter born July 6,better known by his stage name Inspectah Deck, is an American rapper, producer, and actor. He is a member of the groups Wu-Tang Clan and Czarface. He has acquired critical praise for his intricate lyricism, and for his verses on many of the group's most revered songs.
He has grown to become a producer in his own right, taking up tracks for fellow Wu rappers and his own projects Jadakiss Born Jason Phillips. Jason Terrance Phillips born May 27,better known by his stage name Jadakiss, is an American rapper.
He is known for being one third of the New York hip hop group The Lox, as well as being a member of the Ruff Ryders collective and for his solo work. Jadakiss has released four studio albums, with the most recent being Top 5 Dead or Alive on November 20, Jadakiss began rapping in the mids as a member of The Lox, with the group eventually signing to Puff Daddy's record label Bad Boy Entertainment.
After leaving Bad Boy inthe group all James Dewitt Yancey February 7, — February 10,better known by the stage names J Dilla and Jay Dee, was an American record producer and rapper who emerged in the mids underground hip hop scene in Detroit, Michigan, as one third of the acclaimed music group Slum Village. Boogie Down Productions are sometimes considered one of the first rap groups to inspire both gangsta rap and conscious rap.
They received numerous awards and critical acclaim in their early years. Following the release of the group's debut album, Criminal Minded, Lana Michelle Moorer born October 11,known professionally as MC Lyte, is an American rapper who first gained fame in the late s, becoming the first solo female rapper to release a full album with 's critically acclaimed Lyte as a Rock.
She has long been considered one of hip-hop's pioneer feminists He is the founder and owner of the record label Villain. His moniker is derived from the middle letters in his first name Lorenzo. MC Ren began his solo career signed as a solo artist to Eazy-E's Ruthless in earlywhile still attending high school.
By the end ofafter having written almost half of Eazy-Duz-It, he was included in N. After the group disbanded inhe stayed with Ruthless, before leaving the label in He subsequently formed the duo Black Star, alongside fellow Brooklyn-based rapper Talib Kweli, and they released their eponymous debut album in He was featured on the roster of Rawkus Records and in released his solo debut, Black on Both Sides.
Nathaniel Dwayne Hale August 19, — March 15,known professionally as Nate Dogg, was an American singer, rapper, songwriter, and actor. Hale began his career as a member of the California rap trio Album), alongside his longtime friend Warren G and cousin Snoop Dogg.
He eventually pursued a solo career, and released three solo albums, G-Funk Classics, Vol. He was known for his deep, low-pitched singing voice, and for performing hooks, frequently collaborating with other artists such as Dr. Noname Born Fatimah Nyeema Warner. Fatimah Nyeema Warner born September 18,better known by her stage name Noname, is an American rapper and poet. Break The Bank - Schoolboy Q - Oxymoron (CD is from the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, where she began rapping and performing slam poetry in Chicago in Inshe gained wider recognition and critical acclaim following her appearance on Break The Bank - Schoolboy Q - Oxymoron (CD track "Lost" from Chance the Rapper's popular mixtape Acid Rap.
Noname released her debut mixtape, Telefone, on July 31,to widespread critical acclaim His professional success was hampered by frequent legal troubles, including incarceration. He died on November 13,of a drug overdose, two days before his 36th birthday. Ol' Dirty Bastard was noted for his "outrageously profane, free-associative rhymes delivered in a distinctive half-rapped, half-sung He is the older brother of Juicy J, the co-founder of Three 6 Mafia.
Currently Houston is a member of a mini-hip hop group the Kaze he joined the group in the same year that the album KamiKaze Timez Up was released William Michael Griffin Jr. One half of golden age hip hop duo Eric B. Eric B. Steve Huey of AllMusic stated that "Rakim is near-universally acknowledged as one of the greatest MCs — perhaps the greatest — of all time within the hip-hop community.
Sen Dog Born Senen Reyes. Senen Reyes born November 22,also known by his stage name Sen Dog, is a Cuban-American rapper and musician who is best known as a member of the rap group Cypress Hill and as the lead vocalist for the heavy metal band Powerflo. He has been developing a solo career in addition to his work with Cypress Hill and Powerflo, and is the lead vocalist for rap rock band SX Anthony L.
Ray born August 12,better known by his stage name Sir Mix-a-Lot, is an American rapper, songwriter, and recording producer. He is best known for his hit song "Baby Got Back", which peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot Early on, Sir Mix-A-Lot had an ear and a passion for music.
Soon after high school he began DJing parties at local community centers. Soon he moved locations and started throwing his parties at the Speech Born Todd Thomas. Todd Thomas born October 25,better known by the stage name Speech, is an American rapper and musician. He is a member of the progressive hip hop group Arrested Development and has released a number of solo albums Aaron Dontez Yates born November 8,better known by his stage name Tech N9ne pronounced "tech nine"is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur.
He has sold over two million albums and has had his music featured in film, television, and video games. His stage name originated from the TEC-9 semi-automatic handgun, a name given to him by rapper Black Walt due to his fast-rhyming Chopper style. Yates later applied a deeper meaning to the name, claiming that it stands for the complete Twista Born Carl Terrell Mitchell.
He is best known for his chopper style of rapping and for once holding the title of fastest rapper in the world according to Guinness World Records inbeing able to pronounce syllables in 55 seconds. His album Kamikaze reached the top of the US Billboard album chart, after the success of the Wale Born Olubowale Victor Akintimehin.
He first rose to prominence inwhen his song "Dig Dug Shake It " became popular in his hometown. Wale became locally recognized and continued recording music for the regional audience. While signed to that label, Wale released several mixtapes and appeared in national media including MTV and various Black-American-focused magazines.
InWale signed with Xzibit Born Alvin Nathaniel Joiner. Alvin Nathaniel Joiner born September 18,better known by the stage name Xzibit pronounced "exhibit"is an American rapper, actor, and broadcaster. Xzibit began his musical career after the release of his debut studio album At the Speed of Life on October 15, The album generated both critical and commercial success, peaking at number 74 on the Billboard It also contained the single "Paparazzi", which peaked at number 83 on the Billboard Hot This success allowed Xzibit to secure a recording contract with Loud Records later that year.
The album Yo Gotti Born Mario Mims. Jordan Michael Houston born April 5,known professionally as Juicy J, is an American rapper, songwriter and record producer from Memphis, Tennessee. He is a founding member of the Southern hip hop group Three 6 Mafia, established in Inhe released his solo debut album Chronicles of the Juice Man, in between Three 6 Mafia projects. Luke's Kemosabe Records. Juicy J released Stay Trippy, his third studio album under the aforementioned labels on August 27, He is the younger brother of frequent He is best known for his hit single "It's Goin' Down" Offset Born Kiari Kendrell Cephus.
Kiari Kendrell Cephus born December 14,better known by his stage name Offset, is an American hip hop recording artist from Lawrenceville, Georgia. He is best known as a member of the hip hop and trap music trio Migos, alongside Takeoff and Quavo. The Migos trio were raised middle-class in suburban Gwinnett County, Georgia.
InOffset formed Migos with Quavo and Takeoff. Offset is Quavo's cousin, and Quavo is Takeoff's uncle. The three grew up together in Gwinnett County, a mostly suburban area half an hour northeast of Atlanta.
In addition to Migos, Offset has released solo music and collaborated with numerous artists. In Junehe was featured on Metro Boomin's single "No Remy Ma Born Reminisce Mackie. On February 7,she released her debut studio album There's Something About Remy: Based on a True Story, which was a modest success, peaking at number 33 on the Billboard chart. Ma's most successful songs include "Ante Up After releasing a number of mixtapes, Sean released his debut studio album, Finally Famous, inwhich peaked at 3 on The US Billboardand went Platinum.
He released his second studio album, Hall of Fame, inthat peaked at 3 on The Billboardand went Gold. Nicknamed The Abstract, he is noted for his innovative jazz-influenced style of hip hop production and his philosophical, esoteric and introspective lyrical themes. He embarked on his music career in the late s, as an MC and main producer of the influential alternative hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest.
In the mids, he co-founded the production team The Ummah, followed by the release of his gold-certified solo debut Amplified in In the s, he released the Grammy Award-nominated album The Renaissance and the experimental album Raymond Lawrence Riley born April 1,better known by his stage name Boots Riley, is an American rapper, producer, screenwriter, film director, and activist.
His feature-film directorial debut, Sorry to Bother Youwhich he also wrote, was released in July Kid Cudi Born Scott Mescudi. With his originality and creativity, as well as the emotion he conveys in his music, Cudi has amassed a large cult-like following. In his debut single "Day 'n' Nite" reached the top five of the Billboard charts. Robert Rihmeek Williams born May 6,known professionally as Meek Mill, is an American rapper, songwriter, and activist.
Raised in Philadelphia, he embarked on his music career as a battle rapper, and later formed a short-lived rap group, The Bloodhoundz. InAtlanta-based rapper T.
The album, preceded by the lead single "Amen" featuring Drakedebuted at number two on the U. Billboard In October The single's success resulted in him signing to Def Jam Recordings. He then released the singles Terrence LeVarr Thornton born May 13,better known by his stage name Pusha T, is an American rapper, songwriter and record executive.
He initially gained major recognition as half of hip hop duo Clipse, alongside his brother and fellow rapper No Malice, with whom he founded Re-Up Records. In Marchhe released his first solo project, a mixtape titled Fear of God.
Yelawolf Born Michael Wayne Atha. Michael Wayne Atha born December 30,better known by his stage name Yelawolf, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. Born and raised in Gadsden, Alabama, Atha embarked on his career inreleasing independent solo material from then until ; he released one extended play EP and four mixtapes.
The same year would see Yelawolf sign a record deal with Interscope Records. His first release on a major label would be a somewhat reworked Trunk Muzik, titled Trunk Muzik which shared six tracks from Trunk Muzik. In JanuaryYelawolf signed a recording deal with Eminem's Kendrick Lamar Duckworth born June 17, is an American rapper, songwriter, and record producer.
He is regarded as one of the most skillful and successful hip hop artists of his generation. Raised in Compton, California, Lamar embarked on his musical career as a teenager under the stage name K-Dot, releasing a mixtape that garnered local attention and led to his signing with indie record label Top Dawg Entertainment TDE. He began to gain recognition inafter his first retail release, Overly Dedicated. The following year, he independently released his first studio album, Section.
By that time, he had amassed a large online Malcolm James McCormick January 19, — September 7,known professionally as Mac Miller, was an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Miller began his career in the city's hip hop scene inat the age of fifteen. Inhe signed a record deal with Pittsburgh-based independent label Rostrum Records, with whom he had his breakthrough with the mixtapes K.
Miller's debut studio album, Blue Slide Parkbecame the first independently distributed album to top the US Billboard since Inhe founded the record label imprint REMember Music. After his second studio Action Bronson Born Arian Arslani.
In Augusthe signed to Warner Bros. Records, however was later moved to Atlantic Records' imprint, Vice Records. Bronson has released several mixtapes, such as Rare Chandeliers, with American hip hop producer The Alchemist and Blue Chips 2, with longtime producer Party Supplies, before releasing his major-label debut, an extended play titled Saaab Stories, with frequent collaborator Harry Fraud, in He released his major-label debut album, Mr.
Wonderful on March 23, He then returned in Born in Sydney and raised in Mullumbimby, she moved to the United States at the age of sixteen to pursue a career in hip-hop music, residing in the southern part of the country.
Her stage name, from the masculine Egnatius, comes from the name of her dog and the street she lived on. She signed a recording contract with Grand Hustle Records in ; which is owned by American rapper T. Rocky released his debut mixtape Live. He subsequently recorded his debut album Long.
InRocky released his second studio album titled At. The album debuted at Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn, better known by his stage name Future, is an American rapper, singer, and record producer from the Kirkwood neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia. After releasing a series of moderately successful mixtapes between andFuture signed a major label deal with Epic Records and fellow American rapper Rocko's A1 Recordings, which helped launch his own label imprint Freebandz.
Future subsequently began working on his debut studio album Pluto, and in April released the album to positive reviews. The album spawned five singles, all of which charted on the Billboard Hot The album was later re-released in November, as Pluto 3D. His second studio album Honest, G has released numerous mixtapes and EP's, but his most recent release is his debut label studio album These Things Happen.
His album These Things Happen peaked at number one on various charts, including a peak at number three on the Billboard Chief Keef Born Keith Cozart. Keith Farrelle Cozart born August 15,better known by Break The Bank - Schoolboy Q - Oxymoron (CD stage name Chief Keef, is an American rapper and record producer. Keef's music first became popular among high school students from Chicago's South Side during his teen years in the early s.
Despite being dropped from Interscope in lateChief Keef would continue self-releasing mixtapes through his Glo Gang label. Although Keef had originally planned Bang 3 to be released as his second album, a then-track from the album, "Nobody," developed into its own project Young Thug Born Jeffrey Williams. He gained major recognition inafter being featured on a string of singles, including "About the Money" and "Lifestyle", the latter of which peaked at number 16 on the US Billboard Hot chart Travis Scott Born Jacques Webster.
Beats, in November of the same year, as an in-house producer, after appearing on the label's debut compilation Cruel Summer.
In Aprilit was announced he signed with T. He released his first official full-length project, an album titled Owl Pharaoh, on May 21, He released his most critically acclaimed and commercially successful album Astroworld in ; it produced his first Billboard He was born and raised in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
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